Coming soon ... picking a Poem of the Week on Write Out Loud

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Write Out Loud is launching a new feature called Poem of the Week, to recognise the high quality of poetry that is regularly produced on this site. Each week a member of Write Out Loud’s editorial team will take a turn in picking their favourite poem that has been blogged in the past few days. They will contact the poet, ask permission to feature it, and also pose a few questions that will provide some background to the poem - and the poet, too.

Arguably, all poetry judgments are subjective. So Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week doesn’t have to be the most viewed poem on the site that week,  or even the most technically accomplished – just the one that has caught a particular WOL team member’s fancy that week.

Those with long memories will recall a Poem of the Month feature that ran for quite a while on Write Out Loud a few years ago. We know there are quite a few of you out there that miss items like that. Watch out for the first Poem of the Week … coming early next month!

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steve pottinger

Sat 7th May 2016 15:18

It's a different member of the editorial team each week, on a rota basis (more or less, depending on availability, free time, and enthusiasm).

Since the POTW is about the *poem* not the person who picked it, and because we've agreed it as a team, their identity remains a closely-guarded secret even from themselves.

Nothing to stop you thinking "I'll bet so-and-so picked that one" if you want to, mind. But, really, it's all about the poem.

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 7th May 2016 14:22

So who picks the POTW? Who are they? Ta Tommy

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Sat 23rd Apr 2016 20:33

I don't get it... Its not a "Write Out Loud" poem of the week its... whoever fancies having a go on the teams poem of the week.

I love the poetry on here and really can never make up my mind which poem I have enjoyed the greatest.

And actually the two poems picked so far I thought were beautiful eloquent statements.

The critiques therefor for my money, which isn't much in this economic shitstorm, need to be at least educational for those of us reaching for improvement.

But I still don't get it.

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steve pottinger

Tue 29th Mar 2016 09:49

Anthony, I can reassure you that the poem will be chosen each week *only* from poems posted that week. We haven't the time or the inclination to go delving into the WOL back catalogue!

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Anthony Emmerson

Thu 24th Mar 2016 16:36

I think the main flaw with the old system was that "winners" used to regularly pick their "mates". It might be useful to stipulate that for eligibility poems must appear on the WOL main blog page, rather than on a poet's back catalogue. This would prevent the need for excessive trawling and also perhaps discourage those posting shedloads of stuff en masse. I'd also like to hear the chooser's thoughts on why they chose a particular work.



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Dave Morgan

Thu 24th Mar 2016 15:53

There's something about Ted Kooser's selections that makes me want more. Whether it's the theme or just the quality of writing I'm not sure. It would be nice to look forward to a WoL poem of the week. Maybe its success will depend on the criteria and judgement used for selection. The original technique of asking one month's chosen poet to pick the next month's poem was a bit of fun if somewhat random. Good luck with it.

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Julian (Admin)

Wed 23rd Mar 2016 19:00

I would love to hear from writers out loud who used to be involved in the old poem of the month and see if we can get their support for this.

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steve pottinger

Wed 23rd Mar 2016 09:02

Looking at the high standard of poetry posted here over the last few weeks, I'm looking forward to this!

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